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There are 3 different categories of service training offered here at PHD Canine. Each category requires a very specific type of temperament.
I love each and every one of my dogs, they all live in the house with me and are safe stable dogs. However, only half of my dogs demonstrate the necessary temperment for a service animal. That doesnt make them bad dogs, just better suited for something else. Believe it or not, some dogs dont really enjoy interacting with every other person or dog they meet. I also believe it is unfair to force this type of work on a dog that doesnt enjoy it.
Each dog considered for the service animal programs will need to go through extensive temperment testing and public access/distraction training/tolerance, before being considered for service work. PHD Canine highly reccomends utilizing a trainer to help you with the selection process of picking out a puppy for service dog work. Doing so helps ensure the likelihood of successful completion of the service dog program.
Contact PHD Canine with any further service animal questions/needs you may have.
- Service Dog – The highest standard of obedience and task training in all settings while working. The dog is trained to mitigate a disability through various tasks specifically trained for an individual with a medical disablity. PHD Canine currently has a waiting list for training this type of dog. We only accept 1 to 2 dogs in this program at a time due to the labor intensive training and duration.
- Emotional Support Dog – This type of dog provides emotional support to a person suffering from a psychiatrist diagnosed condition. This type of dog does NOT have public access rights, but may be considered as a needed companion for travel. This training comes with a high level of on leash obedience in a highly distracting environment.
- Therapy Dog – This type of training prepares your dog for exposure to various medical environments and/or highly trafficked areas. This type of training ensures your dog demonstrates correct temperment, stability and neutrality necessary for safe visitations to nursing homes, hospitals and group homes for visits that are treasured by the residents.